Creamfields 2018 Festival Preview
The north-west’s biggest dance extravaganza, Creamfields, returns to Daresbury between August 23rd-26th, for three days of performances from the hottest names in dance music. Covering everything from the biggest EDM stars on the scene, to the most prolific underground acts, the Cheshire festival continues to be a huge draw for dance heads across the country and further afield.
Not only that, but the brand is celebrating its 21st birthday, and will be doing so in style. Not just thanks to the awesome artists on offer, but Creamfields have stepped up their production as well, introducing two new stages which, frankly, should be so amazing that heads are opening up like chocolate oranges left, right, and centre. Mindblowing stuff, to say the least.
What Happened Last Year?
Well, we already said that Creamfields continues to be a huge draw, and last year was no exception to that rule. The festival, borne of Liverpool’s iconic Cream nightclub, welcomed Tiesto (again), deadMau5, Eric Prydz, to give you a taste of the EDM acts present, while the underground was repped by the brilliant Alan Fitzpatrick, Bad Company (on the d&b stage), and Nastia, to name a few. Take a look at the universe’s longest after-movie, if you want a taste of things to come…
Well, as you might expect, Dutch DJ Tiesto is going to be taking to the stage, seeing as he is somewhat of a resident at the festival, a link which extends all the way back to Cream‘s trance days.
Also on the cards are performances from Yousef, who is another of Liverpool’s dance music institutions as the head man at Circus, and Carl Cox, whose recent Cercle set would have blown the roof the venue, had it not been outside. There are honestly too many artists to mention, but check out our ‘Ones to Watch’ section, below, to discover who we recommend at Creamfields.
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Ones to Watch
McKay has been bringing his dark, warehouse techno to your ears, from bonnie Scotland, for ten years now. It makes sense that he would be booked for Creamfields‘ Steel Yard venue, as he has appeared on Carl Cox‘ Intec imprint on a number of occasions, and the label are hosting a take-over of that venue on the Friday night of the festival. His recent material with his brother, Ryan, has seen plenty of Drumcode outings as well, so expect big, fat, boomy techno when McKay hits the decks.
The 303 posse really know how to throw a party. Their five years on Liverpool’s dance music scene has seen the brand reaching for the zenith point of their game, and maintaining a firm grasp on the position they hold at the top of the city’s electronic music industry. The three residents, Kenny Muir, Samuel Lamont, and Stuart Hodson are well respected in their fields, with Kenny (fairly) recently taking up the DJ mantle with the brand, while Samuel and Stuart are Cream regulars. Their 303 nights always prove immeasurably popular, so head down there and catch some local talent. Check out Stuart on Melodic Distraction Radio, in June.
Stefflon Don is on of the hypest female rappers out there at the moment. 2018 has seen her dropping no less than five singles, including Cigarette, Senseless, and Calypso, with Despacito performer, Luis Fonsi. Signings to Polydor, Motown, and Quality Control illustrate Steff‘s talent behind the mic, as well as her star status, despite her professional career only just moving past the two-year mark. With a rake of quality tracks under her belt, you can be assured of a high-energy performance from the young rapper.
Can I still get tickets?
Yes, you can, but you’ll have to be quick because these won’t last long! Grab them here.